Research

The field of nanotechnology, the manipulation of matter on an atomic or molecular scale, emerged during the past two decades and has already transformed many industries and holds tremendous promise for overcoming some of the important challenges we face as a society. To harness the full potential of nanotechnology requires the collective expertise of scientists and engineers from a range of disciplines. Our faculty – physicists, biologists, chemists, engineers, and medical researchers – work together, at the intersections of their disciplines, to solve some of the grand challenges we face.

BU’s strengths lie in four areas: nanomedicine, nanophotonics, nanotechnologies for energy, and nanomaterials.  At the Nanotechnology Innovation Center, a special but not exclusive emphasis is on nanomedicine and nanotechnologies for cancer diagnosis and treatment.

BUnano faculty Dr. Victoria Herrera, Dr. Mark Grinstaff and Dr. Aaron Colby, along with BUSM faculty Dr. Nelson Ruiz-Opazo and Dr. David Coleman collaborated on a major review paper, “Nucleic acid nanomedicines in Phase II/III clinical trials: translation of nucleic acid therapies for reprogramming cells” recently published in Nanomedicine. This integrated review of emerging clinical successes and failures in Phase II/III clinical trials provides insight into how best to design new technologies for the delivery of nucleic acid therapies.

Research Highlights

This section highlights some of the research underway in BUnano faculty labs:

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